Barry Hill and John Wolseley: Lines for Birds

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June 2011, no. 332

Barry Hill and John Wolseley: Lines for Birds

Reviewed by
June 2011, no. 332

Art in the happenstance of the organic

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

 

Lines for Birds: Poems and Paintings
by Barry Hill and John Wolseley
UWA Publishing, $59.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781921401534

 

The painter and outdoor draughtsman John Wolseley is utterly unusual among artists in this country. Marvellously accomplished yet old-fashioned, he could be seen as an artist who cheekily leapt from  traditional to postmodern without passing through any of the intermediate stages. His deeply natural pictures can’t be categorised easily, for all that they are entrancing. In Lines for Birds, they are reproduced side by side with the comparably responsive poems of Barry Hill.

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